28 December 2012

Kenya: Stars in Camp

Harambee Stars' resume residential training today at Kasarani for the return leg clash of the African nations championships (CHAN) preliminary round return leg match against Burundi despite the absence of assistant coach James Nandwa who is bereaved.

Ken Odhiambo will be in charge of the team in the interim until Nandwa returns after his father's funeral tomorrow.

"We have given the coach time off to condole with his family after the death of his father and we assure him of our support at this trying moment and wish him God's comfort and courage to endure what has been a difficult time for him and his family," said Football Kenya Federation chairman Sam Nyamweya.

On Tuesday Nandwa recalled into the team Gor Mahia defender David Owino who has sufficiently recovered from an injury sustained while with the national team at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup as well as Tusker midfielder Peter Opiyo and striker Enoch Agwanda who is currently in the middle of a transfer tug-of- war between his club Sony Sugar and new suitors Sofapaka.

"Agwanda returns to the team to replace Rama Salim who excused himself as he is to attend trials in the United Arab Emirates. Opiyo and Owino are also back after recovering from their respective injuries," said Nandwa.

Having lost the first leg 1-0 to Burundi in Bujumbura, Stars will have to win by a two goal margin a factor that has informed Nandwa's decision to call in as many attackers as he possibly can with Paul Were also returning after a short sabbatical to attend to family matters. Also included in the team is AFC Leopards player of the year and top scorer Mike Barasa.

Harambee Stars Squad

Goalkeepers: Duncan Ochieng (Sofapaka), Boniface Oluoch (Tusker).

Defenders: Abdallah Juma, George Owino, Eugene Asike (Sofapaka), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), David Owino, Chris Wekesa (Gor Mahia), David Ochieng (Tusker).

Midfielders: Anthony Akumu, Kevin Omondi (Gor), Osborne Monday (Sofapaka), Francis Kahata, Clifton Miheso (Thika United), Charles Okwemba, Paul Were (Leopards), Peter Opiyo (Tusker);

Strikers: Kiongera Mungai (KCB), Wesley Kemboi (Western Stima), Edwin Lavatsa (Gor), Moses Arita (Thika), Enock Agwanda,(Sony Sugar) Mike Barasa (Leopards)

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